Decision Over London’s Olympic Stadium Not Under Judicial Review

The fate of the prized Olympic Stadium, built for the London Olympic games in 2012, had been decided in March of 2013 to the dismay of many clubs in England. A myriad of football clubs had hoped to make Olympic Stadium their new home, but the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) had awarded stadium rights to West Ham United.  The highly controversial decision led to a series of protests for reviews of how the decision was made.

London's Olympic Stadium. Photo courtesy bbc.co.uk

London’s Olympic Stadium. Photo courtesy bbc.co.uk

London’s third division club Leyton Orient had hoped to share the stadium with West Ham and filed a judicial review request to review the process that awarded the stadium to the Hammers.  Today, reports indicated that British courts denied the judicial review on the grounds that their case “lacked merit” and was “unarguable”.  Leyton Orient legal representative, Adam Lewis, stated that the club, …”wishes to be allowed back into the procurement competition… and to be awarded a concession to use the stadium jointly with West Ham,” stressing that Orient had no intention of becoming sole occupants of Olympic Statdium.

West Ham United released an official statement on their website explaining,

Although the application for a judicial review would not have had any impact on West Ham United’s move to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Club have always believed the process was robust, fair and transparent.

West Ham plan to move into their new 60,000 seat home in 2016 and reap the financial benefits for the next 99 years.

 

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